The Malbec Masters 2017: results and analysis

Judges comments: Clement Robert MS

“While I found some of the wines tasted this year were a bit too big, bold and ripe, some of the more floral, peppery and elegant styles were truly great and in general I like the fact that you don’t need to spend a lot of money to have a very good quality Malbec. Also, there were some very good Chilean Malbecs tasted this year.

On the other hand, I did not like the examples that I found were over-extracted, with a high alcohol content and a lot of oak – they lacked freshness and elegance. I thought that this style of wine was getting out of fashion in Argentina but on the evidence of the tasting such wines are still being made.

I was surprised to see very little French Malbec, which I think is always a shame as it is after all the country of origin of Malbec.”

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